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ERIC Number: ED237420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Research Report on Elementary and Secondary Teachers' Competencies in Map and Globe Skills.
Green, Frederick; Clarke, Wentworth
Research was conducted to determine whether teacher training institutes provide adequate education in map and globe skills and whether prospective teachers are capable of transmitting map and globe skills to students. To test these questions, a total of 495 elementary education majors at the University of Central Florida took the Nystrom Map and Globe Skills Diagnostic Test between 1979 and 1983. Tests were conducted in the fall and spring of each academic year on those students currently enrolled in the second of three public school internships. Data were compiled yearly and then processed comprehensively. In addition, 29 secondary education majors took the test in spring 1983 and their results were compared to a randomly selected class of elementary education majors. Findings indicated that the average education major tested had a C level understanding of tested skills. Major weaknesses in 6 of 23 areas, including the ability to identify source and direction of rivers, compare climates on the basis of latitude and elevation, and discriminate between maps and globes for determining size, shape, distance, and direction, suggest the need to reform social studies method courses for preservice and inservice teachers. Tables illustrate major question areas missed by test groups. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A